Just checking in after Thanksgiving at a friend's house. Awesome game, awesome. And yet I still wasn't comfortable at halftime. Don't know if that is an indictment of the team or of me... but awesome, awesome game.
We report, you decide:
Since the pats lost to seattle to fall to 3-3 they've won 5 in a row and are averaging 43.8 points per game
Without a doubt the most hysterical thing I've ever seen on the internet, as I watched this clip numerous times and was rolling on the floor laughing, my girlfriend came downstairs asking "What's so funny, let me guess; a three stooges episode?", to which I replied, "Close; it's actually a new show called the fifty three stooges."
In the jetsimpossible video, as awesome as the Sanchez butt-slam-fumble is, the TD to Welker where #26 on the Jets actually knows where Welker is and still won't break zone despite there being nobody to pick up might be a greater sign of ineptitude. At least in the case of Sanchez, Wilfork was owning the lineman (Moore?) and shoved him back into him.
You can't advance muffs. This was a fumble, and that's the difference. I don't really understand the theory...I guess, in the case muffs, the receiving team never possesses the ball, but the punting team also gives away possession once the ball is kicked. I suppose that makes the ball in a vortex of dispossession and therefore unreturnable. The same is the case with an onsides kick.
I think the idea is that the opposing team doesn't gain possession until they actually gain possession. That is to say, the punting team is running the play and can kick it and down it, and the ball advances that far and then the other team gains possession; the punt is still a play under the possession of the punting team. Only if the receiving team actually receives it do they gain possession, and a muffed reception does not count as possession. I don't think kickoffs are considered a possession/first down situation, though. For example, you can't run a fake kickoff and then do something different.